Wild Rumors & News

  • Wild hold on to beat Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Minnesota Wild right winger Jason Pominville parked near the right side of the crease and hoped for his teammate to put a shot on net. Instead, Wild defenseman Marco Scandella missed the net badly with his slap shot. The puck ricocheted off the end boards and landed squarely on..." January 15

  • Wild give up four-goal lead but pull out 5-4 win

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Good teams find ways to win, and on Saturday against the Dallas Stars, the Minnesota Wild got the game-winning goal with 6:45 remaining off Jason Zucker's right shoulder in a 5-4 win at American Airlines Center. Zucker, who also had an assist, scored his 11th of the season after a..." January 14

  • Niederreiter scores twice as Wild blast Habs

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk was at one end of the ice, watching his Minnesota teammates pepper Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price. Goal after goal, Minnesota was piling on Price, largely considered one of the top goaltenders in the NHL. Dubnyk, who leads the..." January 13

  • NHL unveils jerseys for All-Star Game

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League's Centennial, the Los Angeles Kings' 50th anniversary, previous NHL All-Star Games and the Hollywood setting all influenced the design of the jerseys that will be worn during the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29. All..." January 11

  • NHL announces 2017 All-Star rosters

    Sportsnet "The NHL released its 2017 All-Star Game rosters on Tuesday. A fan vote determined each division’s team captain, the results of which were released last week. The four head coaches for all-star weekend will be Michel Therrien of the Montreal Canadiens (Atlantic), Bruce Boudreau of the..." January 10

  • Friedman points out which NHL teams are hungry to make trades

    Fanrag Sports "Somebody. Anybody. Make some trades. Hockey fans are anxiously waiting for even a trickle of trade activity in the National Hockey League, but it’s been gravely disappointing on that front for awhile. “I have to tell you, I think there’s teams that really want to do something,” explained..." January 10

  • Wild tip Ducks in Boudreau's return to Anaheim

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was glad he completed his pregame preparations at the hotel prior to arriving at Honda Center on Sunday afternoon. That was because every two minutes, somebody was dropping by the visitor's locker room to say hello. Boudreau got..." January 09

  • Pearson, Carter propel Kings to OT win over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- If not for the Los Angeles Kings' uncanny success in overtime, the tone around their team would be very different as the season reaches its midpoint. Tanner Pearson scored 3:32 into overtime and Jeff Carter registered a goal and two assists as the Kings recorded a 4-3 victory..." January 07

  • Wild come back to beat Sharks

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif – It was the hardly the anticipated defensive struggle at SAP Center on Thursday night. Instead, as its name suggests, Minnesota staged a wild third-period comeback to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4. The visitors struck for three straight goals during a 5:12 span of the third..." January 06

  • Are the NHL outdoor games still must-see TV?

    Yardbarker "The plan here for New Year’s Day was about the same as it has been for the last couple of years: Curl up into a ball and watch the first of the NHL outdoor games until the NYE-induced champagne headache finally faded. A couple years ago, there was a sizable amount of people that did the exact..." January 03

  • Blue Jackets win 15th straight, halt Wild ride at 12 games

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- John Tortorella asked his young Columbus Blue Jackets to revel in the atmosphere of Saturday's highly anticipated matchup with the Minnesota Wild. The two hottest teams in the NHL offered rare hype for a midseason game in December. Columbus entered with a 14-game win..." December 31

  • Fluke goal helps Wild earn 12th win in row

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Sometimes a little luck is needed to keep a winning streak alive. The Minnesota Wild found that out Thursday night. Minnesota extended its team-record winning streak to 12 games with a 6-4 win over the New York Islanders. The Wild's game-winning goal midway..." December 30

  • Spurgeon's OT goal lifts Wild to 11th straight victory

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It doesn't seem to matter what kind of game the Minnesota Wild play, where they play it or even how they get there. All they do is win, and their franchise-record winning streak reached 11 in dramatic fashion Tuesday night. Defenseman Jared Spurgeon converted Jordan..." December 27

  • Wild top Rangers for 10th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- After earning a franchise-record 10th straight victory, the Minnesota Wild locker room was filled with hockey cliches. What's significant is that every player on the roster is contributing, said Charlie Coyle after his four-point night in the Wild's 7-4 drubbing of the New York..." December 23

  • Staal's short-handed goal lifts Wild to ninth staight win

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The Minnesota Wild just keep rolling and on Thursday night, it allowed them to equal a franchise mark. In a tight battle between two of the NHL's top goaltenders, Eric Staal scored a short-handed goal early in the third to lift the Wild to a 4-2 victory over the Montreal..." December 22

  • Dubnyk, red-hot Wild shut out struggling Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Few NHL teams are playing as well as Minnesota the past few weeks. Few goaltenders are as hot as the Wild's Devan Dubnyk. Both the Wild and Dubnyk extended those trends Tuesday against Colorado, finally besting the Avalanche for the first time in three tries this season...." December 20

  • Pat Cannone's NHL debut with Wild will be one for the aged

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A sweaty Pat Cannone placed his helmet in a stall that had an official No. 42 Minnesota Wild CANNONE nameplate attached, turned around, saw the throng of cameras and digital recorders in his face and reacted with an under the breath, “Woah.” It’s safe to say there were more reporters covering..." December 20

  • Panarin, Lundqvist, Staal named NHL's 3 stars of the week

    NHL.com "Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 18. FIRST STAR - ARTEMI PANARIN, LW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Panarin paced the NHL with seven assists..." December 19

  • Wild top Coyotes, stretch winning streak to seven

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When a team is on a roll, it takes contributions from up and down the roster to maintain a streak. The Minnesota Wild benefited from a pair of unlikely players stepping up to play big roles in extending its winning streak to seven games. Backup goaltender Darcy Keumper..." December 17

  • Wild top Preds for 6th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two games. One loss. Nine goals. A 4.35 goals-against average and an .850 save percentage. That was the sum total of the Devan Dubnyk era in Nashville back in January of 2014, when he was one of several goalies the Predators tried after Pekka Rinne was knocked out for..." December 15

  • Wild hammer Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- In previous seasons, the Minnesota Wild had a habit of slumping in December. Those troubles are apparently in the past. On Tuesday, Zach Parise's first goal of the month got things rolling early for Minnesota and a quartet of his teammates chipped in as the Wild hammered..." December 14

  • Yeo excited for Minnesota return

    NHL.com "Mike Yeo isn't sure about the range of emotions he'll experience when he returns to Xcel Energy Center for the first time as an associate coach of the St. Louis Blues when they play the Minnesota Wild on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; FS-WI, FS-N+, FS-MW, NHL.TV). Yeo, 43, led the Wild to three appearances..." December 11

  • Dumba, Niederreiter spark Wild over Blues

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- It's generally cold and dark in Minnesota at this time of the year, but a recent run of hot play has the local hockey club looking like a team that could go deep into the spring. On Sunday, the Minnesota Wild followed a familiar script on Sunday, getting stellar..." December 11

  • Wild defeat Oilers to extend winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- If you like watching lopsided hockey, you will have little interest in the Minnesota Wild these days. If you like nail-biters, the Wild are the team for you. On Friday night, Jason Pominville, Chris Stewart and Eric Staal scored in a six-round shootout as the Wild..." December 10

  • Wild hold off Leafs' surge

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- It was a matter of hanging on desperately for the Minnesota Wild -- gutting it out as they put it -- in the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite feeling the effects of a five-game road trip, they were able to survive the third period with the help of goaltender..." December 07

  • McDavid, Crosby, Price and Kane lead All-Star voting through first week

    Pro Hockey Talk "Voting for the 2017 NHL All-Star game has been underway for more than a week now, and on Tuesday afternoon the league announced the early leaders from each division. The game, which will take place in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, will feature the same format as last year’s game with the four..." December 06

  • Koivu's OT goal lifts Wild past Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- In three of their previous four road games, the Minnesota Wild lost in either overtime or a shootout. They went to OT again Sunday at Rogers Place but came out with a 2-1 win this time, thanks to Mikko Koivu's overtime winner. The veteran center scored the winner..." December 05

  • Flames hand Wild 3rd straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames were supposed to fall apart without Johnny Gaudreau but instead they have flourished. Kris Versteeg and Sean Monahan scored in a shootout Friday to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild at the Scotiabank Saddledome, leaving the..." December 03

  • Boudreau on Johnny Hockey Slashgate: Flames "making mountains out of molehills"

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Finally, after being in Calgary for a month, the Wild and the Flames play tonight. Russo multi-media today: Sirius/XM Radio at 2:33 p.m. CT, NHL Network at 3:05 p.m. CT, KFAN at 5:15 p.m. CT and then Fox Sports North +++++++++++ during the pregame show and first intermission. Devan Dubnyk..." December 03

  • NHLPA expected to reject offer to extend CBA for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL’s verbal offer of a three-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement in exchange for Olympic participation has been rejected by the NHLPA. If NHL players are going to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, it’s not likely to come by way of extending the collective..." December 02

  • NHL Eyeing Exhibition Game In China; Continues History Of International Play

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to TSN’s NHL Insider Darren Dreger, the NHL is expected to play an exhibition game in China next season. While the NHL is easily the most nationally diverse of the “Big Four” North American sports leagues and has a history of playing international games, this would be their first foray..." December 02

  • Headfirst approach fueling Devan Dubnyk’s hot start with Wild

    SI "It’s a shame, really, that the man in the nearby lounge chair has dozed off, because otherwise he would’ve seen something quite special: Devan Dubnyk, all six feet and six inches, upper half in a picnic-blanket blue shirt and the lower part in jeans, demonstrating goalie drills on the Ritz Carlton..." December 02

  • Rangers remain NHL’s most valuable team, according to Forbes

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Rangers have widened the gap atop the annual list of the NHL’s most valuable teams. According to Forbes, the Rangers’ franchise value has risen four percent in the last year to $1.25 billion. Meanwhile, the NHL’s second-most valuable team, the Montreal Canadiens, fell five percent..." December 01

  • Baertschi's late goal lifts Canucks past Wild

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Minnesota Wild allowed a league-low 41 goals coming into the Tuesday night game against the Vancouver Canucks. Somehow, the Canucks, one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league, defeated the Wild 5-4 at Rogers Arena. "We definitely didn't draw it up..." November 30

  • Blues squeeze past Wild in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- David Perron went against his natural tendencies with the game on his stick on Saturday night. The St. Louis left winger snapped a shot past Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Blues a 4-3 win. Perron was the only player to find..." November 27

  • Minnesota goes wild in 6-2 win over Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A November slip in the standings for the Minnesota Wild was largely the result of a varied and efficient offense suddenly unable to score with consistency. Minnesota's league-leading defense was at least keeping it in tight games. Surprisingly, two games against the..." November 25

  • Official NHL expansion draft exempt list contains surprises

    Sportsnet "The Vegas Golden Knights officially have a name and they’re starting to get a better sense of who will be off limits when the expansion draft is conducted in June. Sportsnet has obtained a memo distributed from the NHL to its 30 teams on Tuesday night, which outlines the 66 players currently..." November 24

  • Dubnyk, Wild edge Jets

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For the second time in a week, the Minnesota Wild took advantage of video review and then got a lucky bounce. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 15 saves and Minnesota scored three times in the final 21 minutes to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Wednesday night. Wild..." November 23

  • Vegas Golden Knights introduced as NHL's 31st franchise

    TSN "These Knights will be Golden. As gold confetti blasted into Sin City’s neon-drenched night sky, owner Bill Foley dubbed the NHL’s 31st franchise the Golden Knights, finally giving the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home a name and identity. The Vegas Golden Knights..." November 23

  • Stars end OT skid on Benn's goal

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Of late, overtime games have been an exercise of futility for the Dallas Stars. But thanks to captain Jamie Benn, those struggles are over. Benn scored the winning goal 1:23 into overtime as the Stars edged the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Monday night at American Airlines Center...." November 22

  • The Post-Burns Free Agent Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Unlike the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos saga of this past summer, the San Jose Sharks have spared hockey fans the drama and re-signed the top free agent on the market well before the trade rumors or free agency speculation could begin. Brent Burns inked an eight-year, $64MM extension..." November 22

  • Vegas NHL team finally unveils name tonight

    TSN "The NHL’s 31st franchise will unveil its name tonight with all the glitz and glitter you’d expect in Sin City. Owner Bill Foley will pull back the curtain on a tightly-kept secret with help from Cirque Du Soleil performers in a posh party outside T-Mobile Arena, just steps off the famous Las..." November 22

  • NHL team nicknames explained

    NHL.com "Five months after being awarded an expansion franchise, Las Vegas owner Bill Foley will announce the name of his team Tuesday. There has been plenty of speculation around what the team will be called, but that will end Tuesday when Foley not only reveals the team name, but likely explains what..." November 22

  • Avalanche rally for 3-2 win over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- It took more than a month, but Nathan MacKinnon seems to be getting his groove back, which is a really good thing for the Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon, who struggled offensively for the first six weeks of the season, scored midway through the third period, completing a..." November 20

  • Four Wild prospects are regarded as locks for world junior team

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The world junior championships in Toronto and Montreal starting the day after Christmas could be fun for Wild fans. At least four prospects are considered shoo-ins: the United States’ Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway, Sweden’s Joel Eriksson Ek and Russia’s Karill Kaprizov. There’s also a chance..." November 20

  • McKenzie outlines critical issues in NHL-NHLPA escrow battle

    Fanrag Sports "Escrow. CBA. Lawyers. Ugh. No thanks. Anybody want to talk about politics instead? There may not be a more mind-numbingly awful subject to discuss for hockey fans than escrow. Truly. We’d generally rather devour a tasty dessert of trade rumors, but escrow and the CBA are the vegetables..." November 19

  • Granlund gets better of McQuaid, Bruins

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Adam McQuaid may not want to recall his most recent meeting with Mikael Granlund. Fortunately for the Boston Bruins defenseman, he and the Minnesota Wild forward won't see each other again until next season. The pair combined for game-changing plays early and late, and..." November 18

  • Wild returns Joel Eriksson Ek to his professional club in Sweden

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It's official: As I reported on startribune.com Monday and in the paper Tuesday, Joel Eriksson Ek would likely be returned to Farjestad in Sweden rather than be assigned full-time to Iowa if the pattern continued of him being scratched or playing fourth-line minutes. Well, after being scratched..." November 18

  • NHL, Stakeholders Discuss Possible Change To Draft Age

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Could the NHL change the draft age from 18 to 19? TSN’s Bob McKenzie spoke about the possibility on Tuesday night’s edition of Insider Trading. Former third-overall-pick Pat LaFontaine is leading a group of stakeholders that includes the NHL, NHLPA, CHL, USHL, Hockey Canada, USA Hockey, and..." November 16

  • NHL has new meetings to discuss participation in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Tribune "NHL meetings are set for this week to discuss whether the league will participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. League officials will meet with the International Ice Hockey Federation in New York on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL hopes to learn if any traction has..." November 16